Toxic Waste Brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars Contaminated with Lead

Circle City Marketing and Distributing (doing business as [DBA] Candy Dynamics) of Indianapolis, Indiana, is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars, all flavors, Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The product is imported from Pakistan.

A recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor of this product contains <"">elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million [ppm]; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.

The company is recalling all lots and all flavors of the product distributed from the product’s inception in 2007 through January 2011. The recalled Nuclear Sludgeâ„¢ Chew Bars were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The products are identified as:

• Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Cherry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81430 6)

• Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Sour Apple Chew Bar (UPC 0 10684 81410 7)

• Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Blue Raspberry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81420 7).

Each chew bar has a net wt. of 0.7 oz (20 g). No other “Toxic Waste®” brand product is affected by this recall. Of note, the company has discontinued distribution of the cherry flavor and had previously discontinued distribution of the other two flavors. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem; however, the effects of lead exposure and contamination are not always immediately evident.

Exposure to lead in children and unborn children can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond. Once poisoned, no organ system is immune.

Candy Dynamics is sending recall notices to its direct customers. Anyone in possession of the recalled product should telephone the company for information on destruction of the product: Eileen O’Neal at 1.317.228.5012, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—generally without diarrhea—and constipation, and changes in activity level. A child with lead toxicity can be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic. Lead exposure and poisoning can show up dentally, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue. In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility, and sleep disorders, and they may be over sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.

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